When dance turns into sport

Watch performances by some of the best Latin American and Ballroom competitive dancers from the state at the third Maharashtra Open DanceSport Championship 2011, at NCPA

While dance and sport may seem to be unique disciplines with little in common, the art of DanceSport bridges the gap. Often defined as competitive ballroom dancing (as opposed to social dancing), its popularity extends over 84 countries spread across six continents.

In its third year now, the Maharashtra Open DanceSport Championship 2011, will feature 125 couple participants who will flaunt their prowess over Latin American dance forms such as Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive,  Samba along with Waltz, Tango and Salsa.

"It is a glamorous sport where contestants are tested in 10 specific dance forms (five of which are Latin American dances and five are Ballroom dances). There are specific rules and a certain syllabus that will be applicable for the championship. We will feature a mix of participants who are as young as nine and as old as 70," said Dr Preeti Gupta, director of DanceSport India. Along with her partner Shannon Benjamin, she was one of the first couples to represent India internationally and win medals in the sport.

The championship will feature contestants competing for prizes from Grade A (for a single dance) to Grade E  (for five dances). A panel of five judges and a scrutineer will deliver the verdict. Choreographer Pony Verma, actor Shekhar Suman, actress Jennifer Winget and  DanceSport trainer and athlete from the UK, Manasi Amin, will be attending the event.

On: September 17, 6.30 pm onwards
At: Experimen-tal Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Call: 66223737
Tickets: Rs 600

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